Lets face it, the HTC Surround did not really set the world on fire, leaving it seems HTC and Â Microsoft with excess inventory of this AT&T exclusive.
Microsoft has foundÂ Â an interesting solutionÂ to the problem. Â Developers in Netherlands can register toÂ receiveÂ a free HTC Surround to develop apps on if they promise to deliver 3 apps to Marketplace. Â Your first app must however be submitted within the first month of receiving the phone, and a total of three before 29 February 2012.
If you fail to submit an app within the first month, and three to the Marketplace before the end of February date you will need to return the phone to Microsoft.
AÂ developer accountÂ registered using your Live ID is also required.
Of course it remains to be seen to be seen if the largely unloved HTC Surround will be enough to attract developers – we suggest a Nokia Lumia 800 or a HTC Titan may be closer to the mark.